Comments and Reviews widgets

Comments widget 

Use the Comments widget to give the users the option to leave comments on pages.

PREREQUISITES: You have enabled the comments option for pages. For more information, see Administration: Enable comments and ratings.

For more information, see Overview: Comments module.

Comments widget settings 

To edit options for a single Comments widget, click the Edit button in the upper right corner of the widget. In the Comments window, configure the following:

  • Basic settings:
    • Template
      Select the template you want to use for the Comments widget on the webpage.
    • CSS classes
      Expand the More options section to specify additional CSS classes to the widget.
  • Advanced settings
    Specify individual properties of the widget:
    • Template
      Gets and sets the template used for Comments widget.

Model settings

Model settings display all properties directly bound to the Comments widget model. Access these properties by clicking the Model button in Advanced settings. The following table lists all model settings and their description.

Model setting Description 
CommentsAutoRefresh  Gets and sets whether comments should always automatically refresh to keep the end user up to date with the latest comments posted for the item while reviewing the page. 
CommentsRefreshInterval  Gets and sets the time interval (in milliseconds) after which comments list is automatically refreshed. This setting is applied only after you set CommentsAuthoRefresh to true
CommentTextMaxLength  Gets and sets the maximum length of the comment abstract that is displayed when the comments list is loaded. Upon clicking the Read full comment link, the full comment text is displayed. 
CssClass  Gets and sets the CSS class applied to the upper element of the Comments widget template. 
DataSource
Gets and sets the provider used for a comments source. If you want the Comments widget linked to the current Sitefinity CMS page, do not edit this setting. 
GroupKey  Gets and sets the group used for associating comments. If you want the Comments widget linked to the current Sitefinity CMS page, do not edit this setting.
For more details on groups, see For developers: Work with groups
ThreadIsClosed  Gets and sets whether the particular widget allows posting of comments or just lists the comments. The default value is False, which means submitting of comments is allowed. 
ThreadKey  Gets and sets the thread key of the thread used as a comments source. If you want the Comments widget linked to the current Sitefinity CMS page, do not edit this setting.
For more details on threads, see For developers: Work with threads.
ThreadTitle  Gets and sets the title of the thread used as a comments source. If you want the Comments widget linked to the current Sitefinity CMS page, do not edit this setting.
ThreadType  Gets and sets the type of the thread used as a comments source. If you want Comments widget linked to the current Sitefinity CMS page, do not edit this setting. 

Reviews widget

You use the Reviews widget to give the users the option to write reviews and put ratings on pages.

Reviews widget

PREREQUISITES: You must set the AllowComment setting for pages to True.
For more information, see Administration: Enable comments and ratings.

NOTEBe aware that the Reviews widget does not depend on the Enable user ratings as part of the comments setting, which provides the option  have comments and reviews at the same time. The latter setting is taken under consideration to determine whether to display by default comment or reviews for a certain content item, for example News.

The Reviews widget has the same settings as the Comments widget. The main difference between the two widgets is that a user can add only one review per item.

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